Home Read Classic Album Review: Loscil | Triple Point

Classic Album Review: Loscil | Triple Point

Destroyer's drummer drops an ambient-techno concept disc about thermodynamics.

235

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Oddly named electronica conceptualists usually hail from the U.K. Occasionally New York City. But seldom from Canada.

Loscil — who may be more familiar to some as Scott Morgan, the drummer for indie-popsters Destroyer — is the exception that proves the rule. And his debut album Triple Point, an ambient-techno concept album about thermodynamics (no, really), is no less exceptional. Burbling and pulsing along to smoothly running cybergrooves, tracks with names like Hydrogen, Ampere, Pressure and Conductivity present a chilly antiseptic front broken only by the odd, seemingly random injection of assorted clicks, scratches, tones and effects. Equally soothing and unsettling, Triple Point fuses the Teutonic man-machine soul of Kraftwerk with the left-brain ambient constructs of Fripp and Eno. It may not quite be cold fusion, but it is fairly damn cool.